I love a good story.
Author Phillip Pullman once said, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
I agree. A good story can call out our true identity and then grant us permission to live accordingly. A tale, well told, can name and release.
Traveling and working throughout the world, as I've had the joy of doing, I've heard many 'a tall and amazing tale. Night fishing with Sasak Muslims in the Indian Ocean or star gazing with Saharawi nomads in the Sahara Desert or sipping hot tea in Xinjiang with Uyghur farmers, I have listened to spellbinding yarns spun with such narrative skill that even my Western rationalism struggles to poke holes in the fabric of the various accounts. Or, maybe the stories are just so magical and compelling that I want them to be true.
I've decided to let you be the judge of that.
So now, after all these years, I've determined to share with you, some of the stories I've both heard and experienced.
Think what you will of each of them. Draw your own conclusions as to their value and validity. It's up to you. You're on your own here. Find what there is to be found.
Leo Tolstoy said, "“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”
This first story begins with an email exchange and then a stranger comes to town.